Posts for May 2008

Tears for the Future (2008) by Javier Morales and John Michael Boling

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Stills from a new video by Javier Morales and John Michael Boling

John Michael Boling will speak this weekend on the panel "Connected Consciousness: Art, Media, and the Internet" organized for Tokion Magazine's annual Creativity Now Conference. Boling will be joined by three other artists-- Jill Magid, Michael Bell-Smith, and Jeff Lieberman. The discussion will be moderated by Rhizome's Executive Director Lauren Cornell. The talk begins at 4pm on Sunday May 18th at Cooper Union in New York City. Don't miss it!

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Making Waves

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Electromagnetic waves surround us all, flowing through our bodies and enveloping our every gesture. Their ubiquity makes them viable artistic fodder, as evidenced by an exhibition at Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), in Dortmund, Germany, which includes over thirty-five artists or artists groups addressing the topic of "Waves: The Art of the Electromagenetic Society." The last word in the exhibition title is particularly important, because there is a question of the degree to which these invisible forces have had an impact upon social formations and creative exchanges between individuals. As curators Armin Medosch, Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, and Inke Arns say, "The exhibition treats electromagnetic waves as the medium connecting people, nature, and technology--giving rise today to entirely new electromagnetic landscapes." To be sure, these landscapes are as much cultural as they are material. They also forge a relationship between the waves flowing out of industrial enterprises and the flow of communication between individuals situated in a field of power. In addition to the HMKV installation, which is up May 10-June 29, there are a number of public installations throughout Dortmund, and artists' workshops with titles like "Demons in the Aether," "Tonewheels," and "Field Amplification (Street Radio)." All of this will be documented in a catalogue written in both English and German and HMKV's website features a number of related audio downloads. - Marisa Olson

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Personal Electronics

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Audio-visual performance duo Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus, better known as LoVid, will be reading people's auras tonight at the Museum of Modern Art in New York-- or at least generating an electronic approximation. For their live work "Video Fingerprints," which premieres in the show, a select group of participants (including a few artists and curators familiar to Rhizome readers) will hold a quarter-inch plug in their bare hands, thereby generating natural electric currents which will be translated into analog video images corresponding to each person's unique body signal. The cords carrying these biofeedback signals have a touch of the handmade as well, crafted with homey cardboard and fabric coverings that mirror the chunky, multicolored video patterns created in their performances. "Video Fingerprints" is the latest in LoVid's growing body of elaborately low-tech projects based around the rough malleability of the electronic signal, updating the image processing practices of first-generation video artists like Stephen Beck and Skip Sweeney with a 21st century taste for noise, overload and disruption. In addition, LoVid will enact "Venus Mapped," a double video projection which Hinkis and Lapidus perform live A/V patching to create one image that follows a prerecorded "visual score" on the other. They'll also give a talk about their work, and screen a number of single-channel recordings produced over the last few years. - Ed Halter


LoVid, Venus Mapped, 2007

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The Medium: Pixels at an Exhibition

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By Virginia Heffernan

What do video artists make of YouTube? Every minute, 10 hours of video are uploaded to the video-sharing site, which now shows hundreds of millions of videos each day. The place is a mess. Maybe artists should avoid it altogether.

The curator and Internet-art booster Rachel Greene has come up with another suggestion: artists could use YouTube, like a supply store, slag heap or rag-and-bone shop. To make the point, she recently asked a set of art-world figures -- Sue de Beer, Matthew Higgs, Matthew Ronay and Wayne Koestenbaum -- to present and project their favorite YouTube videos in Manhattan on May 13 at the Kitchen gallery...

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Originally posted on NYT > Magazine by By VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN


Media Matters: Friedrich Kittler and Technoculture

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Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Twenty-Four Switches) 1998

Media Matters: Friedrich Kittler and Technoculture

Friday 27 June 2008, 18.30-21.00
Saturday 28 June 2008, 10.30-17.45
Saturday 28 June 2008, 19.00-20.45

Friedrich Kittler has been hailed as the 'Derrida of the digital age' and his work is indispensable to anyone thinking about technoculture. This landmark event brings one of today's foremost philosophers of media to Tate Modern for an unmissable opportunity to examine the relationship between culture and technology with a range of leading thinkers and practitioners. For anyone interested in our complex interactions with the technologies that surround us this event is essential, while for those unfamiliar with Kittler it presents an opportunity to discover the work of the leading figure in the flourishing area of German media theory.

Media Matters is a two-day series of events that comprises:

-- A keynote lecture and performance by Friedrich Kittler with Joulia Strauss and Martin Carle: 'Preparing the Arrival of the Gods'.

-- A symposium featuring leading thinkers in the fields of cultural theory, film and the arts.

-- Speakers include Caroline Bassett, Steven Connor, Alex Galloway, Mark Hansen, John D. Peters and Pam Thurschwell. Plus a Q+A with Friedrich Kittler and Anthony Moore.

-- 'Gramophones, Films, Typewriters': audio, video and text works by ten international artists including Julian Rosefeldt, Dexter Sinister, Janice Kerbel, the Chadwijks and Jarrod Fowler. Curated by Seth Kim-Cohen.

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Rhizome Commissions 08: Conversation with Rafael Rozendaal, Evan Roth, Eteam and Steve Lambert

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The Rhizome Commissions Program was founded in 2001 to provide support to emerging artists working with new technologies. The forty-four works commissioned to date represent some of the most innovative, pioneering efforts in the field. At the New Museum on May 22nd, several artists who received support in the 2008 cycle will present their finished projects as well as other select projects. Artists to present include Evan Roth, Eteam (Hajoe Moderegger and Franziska Lamprecht), Steve Lambert and Rafael Rozendaal.



Thursday May 22nd, 7:30pm
the New Museum, New York, NY
$6 Members/ $8 General Public

2008 Commissioned projects:
http://www.rhizome.org/commissions/2008/

Image Credit: Rafael Rozendaal, JELLOTIME.COM, 2007

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Modern Nomad

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Iran-based American artist Kristen Alvanson's work often deals with historical conjurings, mythologies, and the aesthetics of speculation. Her drawings, installations, locative media projects, and animations often finely tweak the everyday accoutrements of these subjects, ranging from iconographic imagery to talismans to what look like ancient documents. Her projects excavate the darkly magical sensation of cultural narratives shrouded in mystery by western oppression or negligence, and all of these influences and inquiries are woven into her newest work on textiles, women, and the Middle East. In a show at Tehran's Azad Gallery, entitled "nonad (of nines and nomads)," the artist will present fabricated artifacts, such as nine nomadic fabric chadors (Persian veils), nine drawings steeped in the visual tropes of traditional Islamic art, and an animation called ninefold, which use the folding of fabric as a metaphor in the exploration of the Middle Eastern occult's embrace of the number nine as "the number of unceasing collectivity--worlds created through the hidden bonds of spells and collective tides." The project is part of Alvanson's ongoing Cosmic Drapery Project, which explores "the enigma of the Middle East through its drapery," a history she says "includes clashes and secret dialogues between state and nomad art, their folk beliefs, textiles and modes of creativity." In a way, the artist's projects use newer media to recite narratives and traditions in which history begs for repetition. - Marisa Olson


Image Credit: Kristen Alvanson, Two nomadic fabric chadors - blue (2007) and pewter (2008)

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Lynn Hershman Leeson's Speech from the Rhizome Benefit

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15 May 2008, after she spoke at the Rhizome Benefit I asked her for a copy and she handed me the (inspiring) notes, here's what she read from (sans caps)- Erik Sanner

I feel privileged by this honor and thank you for this wonderful recognition.

Rhizome represents to me, a growing community of visionary artistic and scientific activists -- a range of individuals who use tactical strategies to create significantly hacked and utopian worlds.

In this world our evolution suggests that there has been a concerted effort to overcome human limitations. We obsessively augment our own senses with the mechanics of subrogated implants, from telescopes to robotic and nano probes, from contact lenses to cosmic rays, ultimately creating enhanced cyborian bodies that are capable of communicating to a mind at large. McLuhan's prophetic prediction of nearly half a century ago that eventually "we will wear all of mankind as our skin" has come true.

Rhizome is the skin in which we now live, the horizontal underground stem of organic rootlessness. It is a system that encourages trespass into perpetually reconfigured digital territories. Signifiers that have eroded in real life, revivify in these kinds of networks, perhaps to reconcile the erasure. In this space we have become stationary nomads, wandering a non-delineated global universe seeking not closure, but rather expanded aperture, tolerance and connectivity.

In fact, Rhizome has become a diaspora of its own. We are the united citizens of Rhizome and we form a mighty trans nation, if only we knew it!

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Recent Discuss Posts by erik sanner


Net-Work

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What is new media without networks? Better yet...What are networks? Academics and technologists are fond of saying that "we now live in a network culture," meaning in part that whether they are manifested online or offline, our social relationships, the objects we make, and our worldviews are inherently informed by the conditions of life in the era of the internet. New media art would then certainly fall under this gestalt, as it not only comes out of this era, often explicitly addressing it, but it is also a social movement or art community influenced by the merger of computer networks and social networks. This is the precise point of entry for an exhibition entitled "New Media - New Networks," at the Galzenica Gallery in Velika Gorica (formerly Zagreb), which bills itself as "the first retrospective dedicated to the new media art and culture in Croatia." Unlike most gallery exhibitions, the curators aspired to keep the presentation of art works to a minimum. Instead, the show is truly a context for the production of timelines, the writing of important timelines, and the nurturing of relationships revolving around the history of networks in this region. Thus, included in the checklist are defunct Bulletin Board Systems, DIY zines, documentation of art festivals, and even the archives of a university department's research efforts. The result of this unique initiative is a heretofore unseen picture of art initiatives and collaboration in an area often painted as "off the grid" of the contemporary art world, but obviously deeply engaged in contemporary practice. As a starting point for those outside Hrvatska, visit the gallery's timeline and link collection. - Marisa Olson


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Glowlab at Galerie Vanessa Quang in Paris

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May 17-June 16 . 2008

Glowlab's Christina Ray curates video work by artists CutUp,Molly Schwartz and Lee Walton for presentation in Galerie Vanessa Quang's"Co-Curated By" video series.

Galerie Vanessa Quang
7 rue des Filles du calvaire 75003 Paris - France

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Originally posted on glowlab by Glowlab